George Washington Birthday Celebration Committee Announces 2014 Calendar of Events January 7, 2014

For Immediate Release December 5, 2013
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George Washington Birthday Celebration
Committee Announces 2014 Calendar of Events

Alexandria, VA - The George Washington Birthday Celebration Committee has announced their sponsored events for 2014 George Washington Birthday Celebration held in Alexandria, Virginia each February.

The 2014 schedule of events is as follows:

"Cherry Challenge" - February 2-8th, 2014
In honor of George Washington's birthday, Alexandria restaurants are creating unique menu items featuring cherries in celebration of one of the most cherished legends surrounding our first president for patrons to vote on. Winners are given special recognition at the George Washington Birthday Parade.

"Walking with Washington" - Every Sunday in February from 2-3pm
Did you know that there are over 140 places in Alexandria today that are associated with George Washington? This tour is designed to show you some of them and improve your knowledge of Washington and Alexandria, his home town. Admission is free.

Birthnight Banquet & Ball - February 15th, 2014 from 5:30-11pm
You are invited to recreate this famous celebration of Washington's Birthday set in the year 1799. The evening includes an 18th-century banquet, English country dancing, dessert collation, character re-enactors, and General and Mrs. George Washington. Period costume optional; "after-five" attire encouraged. Location: Gadsby's Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St. Ticket Price: $125 for banquet & ball, $65 for Ball only. Advance reservations required.

"George Washington Classic - 10-K Race and 2-k Fun Run" - February 16th
Certified course through Eisenhower Valley. Prizes, Tee Shirts and refreshments will be provided and all proceeds benefit the historic celebration.

Revolutionary War Reenactment at Fort Ward Park - February 16th from 10am-3pm
Historic camp and tactical demonstrations throughout the day including a Revolutionary War skirmish between the Redcoats and the Colonial Army. Admission is free.

Breakfast and Meeting of the Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association - February 17th from 9-10:30am
The Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association sponsors this annual tradition at the Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria Hotel where a hearty breakfast is served. Those in attendance are treated to the first appearance of the day by "George Washington" and an address by a distinguished speaker. Ticket Price: $30. Purchase information at www.friendshipfire.net or at 703-751-6416.

Tomb Ceremony - February 17th from 11am to 12pm
Colonial military and civilians honor the soldiers of the Revolution. Location: Old Presbyterian Meeting House. Admission is free.

Historic Alexandria Open Houses - February 17th, times vary
Admission is free at these historic Alexandria sites: Carlyle House, Christ Church, Friendship Firehouse Museum, Gadsby's Tavern Museum, Old Presbyterian Meeting House, Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum and the Lyceum.

George Washington Birthday Parade - February 17th from 1-3pm
The nation's largest George Washington birthday parade marches a one-mile route through the streets of Old Town Alexandria. The Parade Grand Marshal is Pamela Cressey, the first City Archeologist of Alexandria. With nearly 3,500 participants, this community parade honors one of the City's favorite sons. Admission is free.

For more information, please visit www.washingtonbirthday.net/events

About The George Washington Birthday Celebration Committee
The George Washington Birthday Celebration Committee is one of the very oldest community organizations in Alexandria. From the time of the Revolutionary War, the people of this City have celebrated the birthday of George Washington. Whether through marching in parades, reenacting historic events, musical performances, or dancing at the birthnight balls, our citizens consider an annual remembrance of the Father of Our Country to be important and worthwhile.

Over more than two hundred years, military and civilian volunteers from many quarters of the community have always arranged these celebrations. In 1976, the present George Washington Birthday Celebration Committee was formed to organize and carry out the City's annual celebration. Its members are appointed by the Alexandria City Council and include representatives from the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Disabled American Veterans, the Masonic Fraternity, the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, the Alexandria Jaycees, the Federation of Civic Associations, the Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society, the Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association, the Daughters of the American Revolution, an Alexandria City High School Student, and the Citizens of Alexandria at large.

For more information, please visit www.washingtonbirthday.net

About Alexandria, Virginia
Located along the picturesque Potomac River six miles south of downtown Washington, D.C., Alexandria, Virginia, was established in 1749 and was named a Distinctive Destination by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2011. The city's unique combination of historic ambience and contemporary flair are reflected in its variety of acclaimed restaurants, eclectic boutiques and hundreds of years of American history and architecture. For more information, visit VisitAlexandriaVa.com

Contact
To learn more about these events, please contact
Joseph Shumard, Committee Chair
809 Oronoco Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Office: (703) 539-2549
Direct: (703) 549-7662
shumardj@gmail.com